I don’t know if it’s been mentioned yet but the problem with the treasurers being involved is that all of the money brought in by all of the treasurers is shared amongst every county. So what incentive is there for treasurer A when they know that treasurers B, C, D, and E will take care of it and treasurer A will get their share anyway?
We had that happen up here in 1B for a couple years when the Erie County treasurer was letting applications pile up on the desk and not processing them and a lot of people who mailed their apps in on time lost out on tags. Then people started sending to Warren and then they pulled the same thing. What happens is that they get a bag full of apps on Monday, dump them in a bin, and either don’t get to them all or don’t get to them AT ALL. Another batch comes in on Tuesday and they dump those on top of what is already there, and so on a so forth. Pretty soon, the guy’s app that came in Monday morning is buried at the bottom of the pile and they end up sold out before they get to his. At the very least, the apps that come in on day one need to be separated if they don’t get to them all and be the first ones processed on Tuesday before anything else is. Some counties hire extra staff for app season, but many do not. Again, what incentive is there for processing the apps that come in when you’ll get your share no matter what?